Young People and Death

John Morgan, PhD


This book offers extremely practical and expert advice and clear-cut guidelines that caregivers can use in their daily work with young people and their families who are dying or trying to cope with death.
Written by 23 contributors from many disciplines who have extensive experience in the field of child behavior and death, including anthropology, clergy, psychology, bereavement counseling, sociology, counseling and educational psychology, social work, child psychology, philosophy, humanities, grief management, medicine, and hospice counseling.
This book will be of inestimable value to educators, counselors, doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers and the clergy.




I. The Child's Understanding of Death
Reaching the Child's Perception of Death
The "Adult" Concept of Death: Irreversibility
II. Care of the Dying Child

Dying Hmong Children: A Clash of Cultures
Living with Cystic Fibrosis: A Family Affair
Helping Caregivers who Deal with Dying and Bereaved Children
Doing and Integrating: Holism for Caregivers

III. The Bereaved Child
Children Coping with Death
Permission to Grieve: Developing a Children's Grief Support Group
Convergent Groups: An Approach to Grief Counseling for Families
Alternative Approaches to the Treatment of the Bereaved Child
Children and Funerals


IV. The Bereaved Family

When You Lose a Child, Are You Still a Parent? When You Lose a Parent, Are You Still a Child?
Pastoral Care When a Child Dies
The Sudden Death of a Child: Crisis Intervention from a Medical Investigator's Office
A Sociological Model for Grieving Parents
Paternal Response to the Death of an Older Child
V. The Role of the School

Dancing with Feelings: An Adventure in Storytelling
A Model for Grief Intervention and Death Education in the Public Schools



John D. Morgan, PhD, a pioneer in the death awareness movement, has published on a wide range of topics in the field of death and bereavement, drawing from his work as educator, author, lecturer and program organizer. In 1997 he received an award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling for his work in death education. Dr. Morgan is the series editor of Baywood’s Death, Value and Meaning Series. Born in San Francisco, he has resided in Canada since 1963.


Softcover. 222 pages. ISBN-10: 0-914783-49-1. ISBN-13: 978-0914783-49-7. List Price: $22.95